The Florida Coastal Management Program is based on a network of agencies implementing 24 statutes that protect and enhance the state's natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. The program's goal is to coordinate local, state and federal agency activities using existing laws to ensure that Florida's coast is as valuable to future generations as it is today. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for directing the implementation of the statewide coastal management program.
FCMP want to help you keep safe from rip currents!
A day at Florida's beaches is a wonderful experience - white sandy beaches, clear waters and plenty of sunshine -- but it's important to remember there are also natural hazards that may exist at Florida's picturesque coastlines. Among them? Rip currents. According to the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), rip currents account for 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards. In an effort to increase awareness of rip currents, and what visitors to our pristine beaches can do if they or someone else gets caught in one, FCMP distributes comprehensive signs and other educational materials that were developed through the combined efforts of the NOAA NWS and Florida SeaGrant, and the U.S. Lifesaving Association.
Select the screen below to learn more about rip currents, how to spot and avoid rip currents, and what to do to escape from them.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.